WINDHAM — The would-be recipient of the town’s Boston Post Cane died Sunday, before officially receiving the honor.

Ruth Grant, 100, was a resident of Windham Center Road for 95 years, until she moved last year to Ledgewood Manor nursing home, where she died.

Town Clerk Linda Morrell had planned to present the cane to Grant on Thursday.

Morrell selected Grant as the recipient of the cane after a months-long search for someone who deserved the honor, meant to be given to the town’s oldest resident.

Although Grant wasn’t the oldest, Morrell chose her for her strong ties to Windham, where she lived and worked nearly all her life.

Morrell has chosen another resident of Ledgewood Manor as the new recipient.

From searching through voter registration records, Morrell believes 104-year-old Clista Loring is the oldest resident of Windham.

Morrell said she knows of one other person who is 104, but he is three months younger than Loring.

She plans to present the cane to Loring on Sept. 19.